A new report from the Huffington Post has revealed that we were close to seeing Siri appear on Android devices back in 2010 because Verizon had made a deal with the company behind Siri in 2009 to get the rights to their software. Then Apple came along and took over Siri entirely.
Before Apple bought the rights to Siri the app was available on the App Store as a third party application. It wasn’t as accurate at voice recognition as it is now, but it did similar things. Once Apple invested into the product it improved.
Siri launched on the iPhone 4S back in 2011 and it was a huge success. Many felt that the inclusion of Siri on the 4S was the primary driving factor for sales. Siri is now included in all iOS products (post iPhone 4S) and rumours are suggesting we’ll see it in OS X 10.9 as well.
Siri still gets criticism from users though, as it can fail to recognize certain words especially if it’s in a noisy environment or the speaker has an unusual accent. Other services like Google Now rival Siri especially since Google Now has an iOS app.